While the Nines format is different to a standard Telstra Premiership fixture, there's still plenty to learn from the stats from the 2016 Auckland Nines.
Dane Gagai was one of a number of Indigenous All Stars players to attend a leadership camp on Stradbroke Island ahead of the 2016 All Stars match.
Parramatta continue to impress with the Eels scoring a tight quarter-final win over the Knights to be the first side to qualify for the semi-finals.
Newcastle moved on to the quarter-finals while also ending Wests Tigers' weekend with a scrappy victory on Sunday morning at Eden Park.
Jake Mamo was the star for Newcastle as they clinched a tight 15-14 win over Penrith in the second round of matches at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
Reigning NRL premiers North Queensland lived up to the hype to thrash the Newcastle Knights in their opening game of the 2016 Downer NRL Auckland Nines.
Tariq Sims is hungry for his first taste of Nines football since winning the inaugural tournament with the North Queensland Cowboys.
Player accountability will prove the difference for Newcastle's young squad in 2016 according to club legend and assistant coach Danny Buderus.
Eels forward Pauli Pauli has been granted a release from Parramatta to take up a two-year deal with the Newcastle Knights.
When picking your 25-man NRL Fantasy squad, keep an eye out for players who fall into one of these categories in order to get the most out of your squad.